Open and Shut
From Wisconsin Watch and Wisconsin Public Radio
"Open and Shut" explores the dangers of allowing the power of the prosecutor to go unchecked. The seven-part investigative series follows two district attorneys in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley and their impact on victims, the accused and the justice system.
Joe Paulus's time as Winnebago County district attorney involved taking bribes, allegedly asking an officer to lie on the stand and bragging about having sex in his office.
In 2019, Wisconsin Watch received a tip about a case. It alleged that the prosecutor, Outagamie County District Attorney Vince Biskupic, had withheld information about a key witness — a young woman who got some help, monetary and otherwise, from the police. That assistance was never disclosed to the defense. It’s part of a pattern seen in some other high-profile cases prosecuted by Biskupic, according to an investigation by Wisconsin Watch and WPR.
"Open and Shut" is a narrative, seven-part investigative series following two district attorneys in Wisconsin's Fox Valley and their impact on victims, the accused and the justice system. "Open and Shut" is a joint production of Wisconsin Watch and WPR.
Hosted by Phoebe Petrovic and reported by Phoebe Petrovic and Dee J. Hall.
Producers — Nina Earnest, Phoebe Petrovic
Editor — Karen Given
Production assistants — Enjoyiana Nururdin, Clare Amari
Digital project manager — Coburn Dukehart
Digital story editor — Dee J. Hall
Digital editors — Alyssa Allemand, David Hyland
Technical director — Brad Kolberg
Music — Karl Christenson
Art direction — John Thomas Nichols
Marketing specialist — Angela Woodward
Digital design — Amanda Starich, Anna Rueden and Jane Jiumaleh
Legal review — Christa Westerberg, Aaron Dumas
Additional support — Andy Hall, Noah Ovshinsky, Bridgit Bowden, Madeline Heim and Wesley Lethem
Financial support — NEW News Lab, Report for America and the Vital Projects Fund
Special thanks to WPR's Marketing Team for their organizational support.